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Thread: Alienware 17 R4 Ubuntu 16.04 WiFi driver

  1. #11
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    Re: Alienware 17 R4 Ubuntu 16.04 WiFi driver

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy31 View Post
    Do you have Windows on this still? I need the inf file for the wifi, I think it can be found in Device Manager, click the wireless adapter/properties and see if the inf is listed in the driver section
    You might want to contact killersupport@rivetnetworks.com and ask about Linux support
    Yes I do, but the .dat and .sys files appears to be too huge to be attached here >< I have attached a print screen of Killer-1550 details for its drivers in Windows 10.
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    Re: Alienware 17 R4 Ubuntu 16.04 WiFi driver

    Hi,

    I had a similar problem. I'd written to Killer, and this was their response.

    'Thank you for your email.

    Unfortunately, there is not currently a Linux driver available for the Killer Wireless 1550. We do not currently have a timetable on when one will be developed. We apologize for the inconvenience. '

    One way around this is to use
    ndiswrapper, but installing drivers is still difficult.

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    Re: Alienware 17 R4 Ubuntu 16.04 WiFi driver

    I have been in contact with Intel on this matter and it is being worked on, for now we can use Intel backports
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install git build-essential
    git clone https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/iwlwifi/backport-iwlwifi.git/
    cd backport-iwlwifi
    make defconfig-iwlwifi-public
    sed -i 's/CPTCFG_IWLMVM_VENDOR_CMDS=y/# CPTCFG_IWLMVM_VENDOR_CMDS is not set/' .config
    make -j4
    sudo make install
    Reboot, after a kernel update you will need to
    Code:
    cd backport-iwlwifi
    make clean
    make defconfig-iwlwifi-public
    make -j4
    sudo make install
    Make sure Secure Boot is disabled in BIOS/UEFI
    Last edited by jeremy31; July 4th, 2018 at 09:00 PM.

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    Re: Alienware 17 R4 Ubuntu 16.04 WiFi driver

    Jeremy: Will this device be supported in the near future? With which kernel? Or is it already supported?

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    Re: Alienware 17 R4 Ubuntu 16.04 WiFi driver

    They were added upstream back in July, it looks like it is supported in the Ubuntu 4.18 kernels. A bug report would have to be filed to get them into 4.15

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    Re: Alienware 17 R4 Ubuntu 16.04 WiFi driver

    Quote Originally Posted by praseodym View Post
    Jeremy: Will this device be supported in the near future? With which kernel? Or is it already supported?
    The device above is:
    3d:00.0 0280: 8086:2526 (rev 29)
    Subsystem: 1a56:1550
    It appears to be supported in Ubuntu 18.10:

    Code:
    chili@T440p:~$ modinfo iwlwifi | grep 2526 | grep 1550
    alias:          pci:v00008086d00002526sv*sd00001550bc*sc*i*
    My kernel version is 4.18.0-13-generic.

    I haven't the device, so I can't test further.

    I hope someone with the device will try a live session for 18.10 and inform us.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D.

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